Election result: Burton and Uttoxeter

The Jewish Labour candidate for Burton and Uttoxeter has lost the seat for Labour.

Ruth Smeeth, who works for the Community Security Trust, and is an active union member, only had 31.9 per cent of the vote, after an 8.7 per cent swing to Conservative.

She was instrumental in setting up the Hope Not Hate campaign for the Board of Deputies, attacking the BNP.

After the results were announced, Ms Smeeth said: “I will continue to be unceasing in my commitment to Burton. It’s been a very difficult night tonight for me and my party — but we will be back.”

The Conservative who won, Andrew Griffiths, gained 44.5 per cent of votes, ending 13 years of Labour in Burton.

Last updated: 3:40pm, May 10 2010